Thursday, September 13, 2012

Leaving Vehicles Unlocked Creates an Easy Target for Thieves

Auto burglaries are a common occurrence for a city of our size and the surrounding metro area. There are a few things you can do that will greatly increase your chances of NOT becoming a victim.

During the month of August, more than 60% of the auto burglary reports we took were the direct result of unlocked vehicles. None of these required any type of forced entry as they were all easily accessed just by opening up the door.

Most thieves do not want to draw attention to themselves as they peruse parking lots or neighborhoods looking for items to steal from vehicles. As statistics have proven, the burglar would rather quietly open a car door at 3:00am than break a window and wake up the neighborhood.

With that being said, you’re still at a higher risk of becoming a victim if you leave valuables in plain sight, such as wallets, purses, laptops, I-Pads, cell phones, or other electronic items.

Midnight Patrol Officers are doing what they can to help spread the message by looking inside parked vehicles to see if there are any items of value that can be seen from the outside.

If the Officer sees nothing that would attract a thief, they place a placard on the windshield thanking the owner for making their vehicle uninviting to thieves. If there are items of value observed from outside the vehicle, they make a note of that specific item on the placard. Each placard contains valuable information and statistics to help someone not become the next victim.

Auto burglaries do occur in Overland Park, whether you are at home, shopping, or even at the office, but there are a few easy steps you can take to avoid becoming the next victim.